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Asia's Muslim leaders slam Trump's decision on Jerusalem

Indonesian foreign minister vows to stand 'with the Palestinian people'

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, front row, center, poses alongside vice-president Jusuf Kalla at the opening of the Bali Democracy Forum in Tangerang, Indonesia, on Dec. 7. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

TANGERANG, Indonesia -- Asian governments in countries with large Muslim populations condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy to the city, with the leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia speaking out against it.

"Indonesia strongly condemns the United States' unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and asks the U.S. to reconsider the decision," President Joko Widodo said at a news conference on Thursday.

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